Memory in Death
There will probably be all kinds of reviews on this one so I won’t do a recap. There's one here and here. Instead I’ll let others better than I do this. But here are my impressions of the latest In Death
While I didn’t find it one of the better ones, I still adore this series – what over 20 books(?) later. Normally with a series this long I would have tired of it ages ago. It happened with Julia Quinn and the Bridgertons. It happened with Stephanie Plum. It happened with Sherrilyn Kenyon. I’m amazed really, that it hasn’t with Eve, Roarke and the gang but I can only be glad I haven’t had my fill yet. I know other readers have tired and dropped out and some haven’t gotten past the first couple. But there are still many of us that may never tire of them. I think part of the appeal is seeing Eve grow and (for her) mellow. I discovered this series about 3 or 4 years ago – the time has blurred and I managed to read them pretty much in order. It was tough at times when book 8 came in long before book 3 and I had to wait impatiently – determined to do it right. I’m a “read the end before I get there” kind of reader so this was an especially tough thing to do. But I’m glad I did.
The Eve Dallas of Memory is not the same Eve Dallas of Naked. She’s still as feisty and kick ass as she was in number one and still ready to get into a knock up take ‘em down fight but her outer shell is much softer these days. She’s always been a marshmallow on the inside but now she’s much softer with those she loves. She is able to tell Roarke she loves him in this book without all that much difficulty at all. And she is beginning to see what he goes through having a cop as a wife.
Memory in Death isn’t the thrill ride that Origin in Death was. In fact I figured it out early on, which I’m usually pretty lousy at. But we get to see more of the inner Eve in this one. And that’s always a good thing. Eve and Roarke actually get to spend more time together in this one and it’s wonderful to see how they are learning to give and take as they settle into marriage albeit a very passionate marriage.
This one still has it’s humour. There is a delightful scene where Eve as penance, directs the holiday decorating. It’s a riot.
I think it’s the growth of Eve that keeps me coming back and again to this series. As well, the mysteries are all different and unique. As long as she keeps writing like this, I’ll keep reading and loving them.
Grade: 4 out of 5